MICKY MOORE AND GARETH AINSWORTH REACTION
Moore takes positives despite result
First team coach believes we were unlucky not to pick up points.
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Micky Moore believes our team were unfortunate not to pick up points in this afternoon’s controversial 2-1 loss to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.
Our team made the perfect start in leafy Buckinghamshire as Matt Rhead escaped the attention of the hosts’ defence to power home a header from Adam Murray’s fourth-minute corner.
The Chairboys equalised courtesy of a debatable spot-kick on the half-hour mark - awarded by referee Darren Deadman, who judged Martin Riley to have handled a long-range shot by Paul Hayes.
Gareth Ainsworth’s team ultimately went on to snatch all three points thanks to a late header by Peter Murphy.
Reflecting on the game-changing incident which allowed the hosts to grab a fortuitous equaliser, Moore said: “Obviously it was a bit controversial.
“Firstly, from where we were, we didn’t think it was handball, personally, and secondly we all thought it was three or four yards outside the 18-yard box. So to get a decision like that is very frustrating.”
He continued: “We started off really well. We came out on the front foot, got ourselves in front, and then had two or three opportunities to kill the game.
“It was disappointing that we didn’t get the second goal as we were in the ascendency at that stage and it would have been good for us, but we didn’t and they got themselves back into the game and that rocked us for a few minutes.
“We didn’t deserve to lose today. If anything, I thought we played well enough to win it or at least get a draw, so it’s a massive disappointment to lose.
Despite today’s result, Moore insists there are plenty of positives which can be taken into our upcoming home games against high-flying Morecambe and managerless Carlisle United.
“There are lots of positives [we can take away from this game],” continued our first team coach. “I thought we played really well - we passed it well and created three or four good opportunities.
“I can’t really remember Dimi (Evtimov) having to make a save when you thought ‘They should score there’. There were more opportunities for ourselves when you thought ‘He should have scored here’ or ‘He should have scored there.”
“Rakish (Bingham) got his first 90 minutes in a long time, so I thought there were lots of positives.”
Moore fury over Stags penalty controversy at Wycombe
Mansfield Town first team coach Micky Moore said the club was furious over the penalty decision that had changed the course of Stags’ afternoon in the 2-1 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers today.
Stags were 1-0 up after half-an-hour and could have been three or four up when referee Darren Deadman stunned everyone by penalising Martin Riley for handball to gift Wycombe an equaliser.
Stags didn’t think it was handball and also felt Riley was outside the box. But Paul Hayes converted the spot kick and the comeback was complete 13 minutes from time as Peter Murphy headed a winner.
Mansfield boss Paul Cox was sent off after kicking a water bottle in anger in stoppage time and then sent Moore up to meet the press afterwards.
On the penalty Moore said: “None of their players appealed for it and it was a really bizarre moment.
“Firstly we didn’t think it was handball and secondly he looked three or four yards outside the box, so to give a penalty decision like that was very frustrating.
“It was a game-changing moment. Before that we were in the ascendancy and had one or two opportunities to go 2-0 up and possibly we should have done.
“You just like to think referees can get these decisions right from our point of view. There were lots of decisions we were really disappointed with. We thought there was a foul for the second goal.
“We started off really well and came out on the front foot. We got ourselves in front and had three or four other opportunities to kill off the game. That seems to be our Achilles’ heel at the moment, killing off teams when we are on top.
“But they got themselves back in it with the penalty and it did rock us.”
He added: “I don’t think anyone here would think we deserved to lose. I thought the lads did well enough to win it, and at least deserved a draw. So it was a massive disappointment.
“But there were lots of positives to come out of it. We passed the ball really well in that first half-hour, created opportunities - clear cut ones, not half-chances, and Rakish Bingham got through his first 90 minutes in a long time.”
On Cox not meeting the press at the end, Moore added: “Emotions are high at the moment and Paul is very frustrated, though very proud of his players. But he didn’t want to come out and say something he might regret.
“I don’t understand it (the sending-off). The gaffer was frustrated that we hadn’t taken a free kick quickly enough and kicked the water in frustration and got sent off. But it wasn’t aimed at the official, it was directed at our players.”
Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth said: “It was a hard-fought win. Mansfield are renowned for their physicality and long ball game and they didn’t disappoint.
“The only thing that disappointed me was the first 20 minutes. We knew what was coming but let it happen.
“The pleasing thing was for the 70 minutes after that we learned and we grew into the game and came out winners. I always thought we looked the team more likely to score.
“People say the penalty was lucky but I will have to see the video before I will comment on that.”
Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth:
"The only thing that disappointed me was the first 20 minutes. We were really hammered. They knew what was coming, the boys, but they let it happen. The pleasing thing was is for 70 minutes after that we learned, we grew into the game, and deservedly so we came out as winners today.
"Really pleased with the result- fans were great. Saw the game out but feet on the floor we've got Plymouth on Tuesday, we got a long journey now to there and we'll have to back this one up today."
On Aaron Amadi-Holloway: "That was the plan right from the start to give him a half. He's been out for two years with some serious injuries and we need to really take our time with this kid, nobody has done that before. He's really important to me and I'll make sure we don't risk him with injury because he's had enough of that in his career and he's only 21 years old."
Mansfield first-team coach Micky Moore told BBC Radio Nottingham:
"We should have had three points - to come away with nothing is an injustice to the lads' work-rate today.
"One-nil up in the first 20 minutes and we created more chances, we just didn't take any.
"One bad decision changes the game. The handball was outside the box, their bench have openly said it was outside, so we're really disappointed for that to go against us."
We learnt a lot today, says Wycombe manager
By Tim Street, getbucks.co.uk
Manager Gareth Ainsworth reckons his side learned some valuable lessons during today's 2-1 win over Mansfield.
A shell-shocked Blues were battered for the first 20 minutes by a physical Stags side and fell behind early on, but pulled level with a Paul Hayes penalty before Peter Murphy bagged a late winner.
And Ainsworth believes young centre backs Alfie Mawson and Aaron Pierre in particular had an education out on the pitch and came through with flying colours.
He said: “Mansfield are the most physical and direct team in this league who will steamroller teams this season, and for the first 20 minutes we were outfought and outplayed, which was disappointing.
“But the most pleasing thing for me was our learning capacity, and they solved problems out on that pitch today. The two centre backs learned how to cope with a physical presence up front, and by the end the Mansfield players were frustrated.
“Alfie Mawson is not even in double figures in terms of league games, and Aaron Pierre hasn't played many more, but to come up against someone like Matt Rhead and win the battle was brilliant to see, and I'm looking forward to seeing their partnership develop.
“The way we saw the game out was something else. Signing players who can cope with the physical demands of this league as well as being able to play a bit was a big thing for me this summer.
“The players and fans have all gone home without an ounce of energy left in them, and that's what we want to build here. They are knowledgeable fans, and they could feel today the steps we have taken. Last season we would have lost that game.”
Ainsworth hails problem solving players for turnaround Mansfield win
Bucks Free Press, by Pete Grant
GARETH Ainsworth has praised the ability of his young players to adapt and solve problems on the go after his side came from a goal down in a “blood, guts and thunder” performance to sink last season’s saviours Mansfield Town.
A sloppy first 20 minutes saw Blues' backline struggle to contain Matt Rhead, who rose unchallenged to nod in Mansfield’s opener, and the Stags could have been three up within half an hour before Blues turned the game around.
Mansfield saved Blues blushes as the death of last year’s league campaign, beating Bristol Rovers on the last day to help keep Wanderers in the football league.
But there was no love lost between the two sides as the physical, battling visitors overpowered Blues' young defence in the first period before Paul Hayes’ penalty restored the balance and Peter Murphy clinched the winner.
And Ainsworth praised the resilience of his players, particularly centrebacks Aaron Pierre and Alfie Mawson, for their ability to learn from their mistakes in the heat of battle and before it’s too late.
He said: “It was a difficult game, they’re the most physical team in the league, a real physical bunch they play very direct football and they rely very heavily on set plays.
“These are things we’ve been saying all week, so the disappointing thing for me was the first 20 minutes. I thought we were out thought and outplayed for 20 minutes, they had the better of the chances.
“The pleasing thing is the learning capacity of some of the boys. They learned to deal with problems, they solved them on the pitch over the course of 90 minutes and the trwo centrebacks, two young lads, learned quickly how to deal with a real big physical presence up front.
“At the end the Mansfield players were frustrated that we were coping with everything they were firing at us.”
Ainsworth reserved praise for match-winner Peter Murphy, who took a smack to the face for his efforts while nodding in Blues' second and being replaced with ten minutes to go after sustaining a bloody nose.
Four goals puts the midfielder one ahead of man of the match and forward Paul Hayes, with the tenacious scouser developing a habit of popping up to score crucial goals.
And Ainsworth said his willingness to put his body on the line for the cause is testament to the attitude of his small squad, which sits in fourth place in League Two with only one defeat.
He said: “I’ve signed him to score goals from midfield and he’s doing exactly that. He’s popped up at the right place at the right time again but taken a whack to the nose.
“That’s the character we have here, no one will pull out of anything, it’s all blood guts and thunder.
“He was quiet on the ball by his standards, but popping up with a goal is what he’s been signed for and he’s paying me back at the moment definitely.”
Penalty against Mansfield was fortunate, says Wycombe man
Mansfield Town fans look away now - for this is not something you will want to read if your blood is still boiling from Saturday.
The Stags were leading 1-0 at Adams Park before Wycombe equalised through a controversial penalty, scored by Paul Hayes after Martin Riley was adjudged to have handed in the area.
The offence looked to have taken place outside the area, and a furious Riley made his feelings known outside referee Darren Deadman's locked door at the end of the game.
Wycombe went on to win 2-1, and striker Matt McClure reckons his side were fortunate to get the spot kick.
He said: “I don't think it was a penalty. A few of their players were saying the handball was outside the box. We've had a lot of those things go against us though, so it was nice to have one go for us for a change. It was a good win,and the sort of game we would have lost last season."
Martin Riley @LifeofRiley6
Words cant describe that performance from him today! Never met such an arrogant p***k in my life! #disgrace
Wow just seen that penalty decision again
Rakish Bingham @RakishBingham
Iv never seen anything like it.. Credit to our boys we put 110% in today we deserved better! Onto the next one #MTFC
JAMIE MCGUIRE @JAMIEMCGUIRE23
The boys were unlucky today think we know why wot happend today but got becarefull wot I say great support from the fans @mansfieldtownfc
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